This is my first tank, so any advice, recommendations, etc... are welcome
I purchased the equipment used as a package, so I'm working with what came in the package.
1. 75g All-Glass tank.
2. Fluval 304 canister - prefilter bottom, biomax middle, floss top compartments.
3. 150w Visi-therm heater - keeping the temperature at a steady 84 right now while cycling. Will add a 2nd or keep it as a backup.
4. Coralife Aqualight - 2x 64w, 10k, 2x 64k Actinic - will be switching out to 2x 6700k bulbs depending on plant growth.
5. 140lbs of black Eco-complete.
I began the tank last week, planting and starting a fishless cycle on Friday, May 8th. The pH measured 6.8 and I brought the ammonia up to approximately 4.5-5 ppm.
My LFS was kind enough to give me a sponge from their planted tank. I cut that in half and inserted into the filter. I also bought 3 potted plants and left the packing in the tank, hoping it will help seed the tank.
I tested the water last night (Monday, May 11th) and the ammonia was reading 4.0 or so... I'm hoping seeding the tank will help cut down the cycle time, but would have expected the ammonia to be a little lower... we'll see what happens by Friday.
The plants so far:
Couple of unknowns
I'm definitely interested in a plant pack, but haven't been quick enough. If anyone has a good pack available for a low tech tank, please let me know.
Also, if anyone would have some recommendation for a nice looking red plant, please let me know. I'm very new and still learning the various plants.
Once the tank cycles, these are going to be the occupants:
2 x Angelfish (Pterophyllum scalare)
4 x Cockatoo Apisto (Apistogramma cacatuoides
6 x Fancy Guppies (Poecilia reticulata)
15 x Cardinal Tetra (Paracheirodon axelrodi)
15 x Harlequin Rasbora (Trigonostigma heteromorpha)
6 x Albino Cory (Corydoras aeneus)
10 x Oto (Otocinclus vittatus)
I'm going to use this as my journal and will be updating as things progress. I'll upload some better photo's later this week, the one now was taken on my cell, so sorry for the poor quality pic.
I'm new to the hobby and want to thank everyone here for their help. I'm very glad I found this site, the information and the people here are great!
I'm hoping to start stocking the tank in 3-4 weeks, less if the seeding helps and if there is anyone selling any of the fish that I'm going to stock, please PM me. I would much rather buy from someone here, than the local stores I have here... primarily being Petco and Petsmart. Real LFS's are few and far between in the area...
If you have any comments, suggestions, etc... please post them